Category France

The rest of Paris (at least for now)

One of my mottos in traveling is that it’s okay not to see everything all at once.  It frees me from the tyranny of the guidebook and allows me to see and do what seems right at the time.  And if I don’t see “everything there is to see”, well, then that means I’ll have […]

Vaux le Vicomte

The weather in Paris this weekend could not have been better.  Warm, sunny, glorious.  Perfect for visiting one of the more notable French chateaux:  Vaux le Vicomte. If you’re a garden/architecture/art nerd like myself, then you’ll know that Vaux le Vicomte was built in the mid-1600s by a guy named Fouquet who was the finance […]

I’m in Paris!

There are definitely worse things in the world than having to come to Paris to meet with business clients and train a new lawyer… and then eat dinner in a glamorous restaurant in the banks of the Seine (complete with a lemon tarte — that’s for you, Dibber!)

New York & DC – Two Snow Whites

Last night after seeing Tribes, we realized that the night was still young (it was only 9:45pm).  So we ran back up to the movie theater at Lincoln Square and caught a screening of Mirror Mirror, the new Snow White movie with Julia Roberts and a handful of other interesting people.  (And yes, if you’re keeping […]

Strasbourg – Street food!

I may have been disappointed with the shops in the marchés de noel, but I was more than happy with the street food options that we found.  The day was cold — much colder that we’d had in Paris all week — and we were nervous about staying warm through the day.  Turns out there […]

Strasbourg – Marchés de Noël

When I was in Strasbourg at Christmastime in 2000, I fell in love with its marché de noel.  Clustered in little chalet-style huts at the foot of the cathedral, you could get all sorts of wonderful crafts and decorations.  I particularly liked the Russian Santa Clauses and the German smoking Santa Clauses (at least one of which is […]

Strasbourg – Christmas in Strasbourg

Strasbourg claims to be the capital of Christmas — and boy, does it go all out!  The city center is decked out in lights, decorations and general Christmas cheer.  It’s delightful but, on the first day of the season (which is when we visited), it’s also absolutely packed with people.  I haven’t seen so many […]